10 things to know for today

10 things to know for today

December 24th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Egyptian security forces and others gather at the scene of a powerful explosion believed to be caused by a car bomb at a police headquarters building, that killed at least a dozen people, wounded more than 100, and left scores buried under the rubble, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

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